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In the last decade, the increase in visibility and exposure of online hate speech has raised cultural, social, and academic concerns. This issue encompasses topics such as social, political, and religious polarization, the dissemination of hate ideologies, the promotion of violence through online propaganda and recruitment, and the impact on the well-being of individuals involved, with implications for the construction of a pluralistic discourse in peaceful, just, and inclusive societies.

With the aim of deepening knowledge on the subject and addressing effective ways to prevent and intervene in online hate speech, we invite the scientific community to submit studies and theoretical and empirical approaches that contribute to understanding the following topics:

Topics of Interest:

  • Impact of online hate speech on society.

  • Influence of the digital environment on the behavior and development of children, youth, and adolescents.

  • Interactions of online gamers and digital gaming communities as conducive spaces for the spread of hate speech.

  • Analysis of effective strategies and initiatives for preventing and intervening in online hate speech.

  • The role of social media in promoting a culture of peace, justice, and strong institutions.

  • Impact of the pandemic and distance learning on children's exposure to online hate speech and risky behaviors.

  • Public policies and regulatory frameworks to address online hate speech and violence.

  • Other studies related to hate speech.


Anthony Brooks (Aalborg University)

Ana Filipa Martins (CIAC, Universidade do Algarve)

Janice Richardson (Digital Citizenship Expert, Council of Europe)

Susana Costa (CIAC, Universidade do Algarve, Universidade Aberta)

Important Dates:

Deadline for article submission: December 7, 2023

Notification of acceptance: January 26, 2024

Submission of final version: February 2, 2024

Publication: February 29, 2024

The call for the Varia section, which hosts free-themed articles, as well as Reviews, Art Chronicles and Interviews remains open in a continuous flow.

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